102: The Attractiveness of the Irish

In which we examine the infamous nose job section, chapter 4 of Thomas Pynchon’s V.

Alan mentions Pynchon’s essay “Is it okay to be a Luddite?” You can read that essay here.

He also mentions the Dutch astronomer Tycho Brahe. He’s a very interesting fellow.


3 thoughts on “102: The Attractiveness of the Irish

  1. Jacobean etiology: tragically convoluted cause of something.

    Esther gets an abortion later. She goes to Cuba, if I remember right.

    Spoiler alert?

  2. Guys, could you please comment on the reference TP makes in the very beginning of the section I in this chapter where he describes how Schoenmaker imagines himself as a pilot – “got up like an earless raccoon to scrimmage with the Hun”. What is this earless raccoon? Comics’ or cartoons’ character? I tried to google it but to no avail. I was raised within the different culture and no bells ring for me.


    1. Hi, Vladimir. Good job on the close reading, but I have no idea what that means. It’s not mentioned in the Companion to V nor on the Pynchon wiki, so while it’s a very odd simile, I can’t offer any context. Sorry.

      Thanks for listening!

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